My grandfather, Fraser Barrett Jacob, passed away on July 29, 2004. He was 96 years of age.
Fraser was born to Alexander Fraser and Ella Marie (Barrett) Jacob on August 14, 1908. He had one brother, Laurence E. Jacobs. Fraser graduated from Lynn English High School. He also graduated from the G. E. Apprentice Course. The family resided in Lynn, Massachusetts.
Fraser met the love of his life, Doris H. (Chaplain) Jacob, at a “sweet-16” birthday party of a mutual friend. Fraser tells the story that at this party, they played a kissing game called “mailbox” and Mimi was the best kisser. Because they were very young when they met and because it was during the Depression, they “courted” for many years until financially they were able to marry on April 18, 1936. Fraser and Doris raised two daughters, Virginia (Garland) and Barbara (Brady) in Lynn, Massachusetts.
Fraser had a long career with Thomson Electric Welder Company of Lynn in product development. He held many positions within the company culminating as Vice-President and General Manager. From 1953 until his retirement in 1978, he co-owned the Nelson Jacob Company, a manufacturers’ representative company. Fraser designed and produced collectible miniature piano music boxes under the name of Fraser Classics.
Fraser’s 2 daughters married. Virginia married David Garland and Barbara married Edward Brady. Through Virginia and Barbara, Fraser had 6 grandchildren – Carolyn (Brady) Eurdolian, Lauren (Brady) Laurie, Kristin (Brady) Cusolito, Susan (Garland) Gabriel, Scott Garland, and me, Heather (Garland) Apse. At the time of his passing, Fraser had 10 great-grandchildren who referred to him as “Grampa-Cuckoo” because of his well known cuckoo clock that would entertain his great-grandchildren – Renee and Andrew Eurdolian, Samantha, Steven, and Mark Laurie, Marissa, Alana, and David Gabriel, and Jacob and Julia Garland.
Fraser had many joys in his life including his family, woodworking, sailing and golfing. He valued time with family and instilled many family traditions including the importance of birthday celebrations. His wonderful woodworking skills allowed him to build many hand-made pieces of furniture for his home and wonderful miniature piano music boxes which he generously gave to family members as treasured gifts. His sailboat, “GinBar”, named after his daughters, gave him much pleasure. He shared wonderful times with his 3 girls on his sailboat in Marblehead harbor. Fraser also greatly enjoyed golfing and even into his 90s, he was known to be on the greens trying to improve his game.
My treasured memories of Grampa are numerous. One of my fondest memories was when I was a young girl; he and I would ride in his convertible car down near the ocean and he would stop to treat me to an ice-cream cone. Other memories include having “Happy Hour” with him and Mimi and have gingerale and his famous popcorn he would pop with me the “old-fashioned” way on the stove in a pan. I recall playing croquet with him and Mimi in his backyard. Grampa had an ability to make anytime with him fun – including the adventurous games of pretend, known as the “Dragon Hunt” and the meal-time competition, known as “The Glutton’s Club’. At age 95, Grampa danced with me on my wedding day and this too will be a memory I will cherish.
I admired Grampa for his intelligence and abilities, his love for his family, and his positive attitude. Grampa had a sense of humor and lived his life with joy and a twinkle in his eye. It was always evident that he adored his wife as well as his entire family and set a wonderful example of a great husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and an overall person. To me, he will always hold a very special place in my heart and although I miss him, I am so grateful that I shared times with him and I have wonderful memories of him that I will have forever.
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